This DVD is a documentary about Australian POWs who were incarcerated by the Japanese at Sandakan British North Borneo. A 1995 Film Australia Documentary 55mins duration. All regions Australian Format DVD but will work in all countries .
During World War II there were nearly 2,500 Allied prisoners held in Sandakan POW camp in British North Borneo. Along with the ravages of war and the struggle to survive in atrocious conditions, only six of these POWs were found alive when the war finally ended. It is important to reflect that these six only survived because they escaped. 1787 Australians were killed on the marches or in the camps by the Japanese. Several Japanese were executed for criminal killing of Australians. But most Japanese guards returned to Japan and some are interviewed in this DVD. In the years that followed, the horror stories of human depravity and the atrocities committed by the Japanese at Sandakan POW camp and the 260 km "Death" marches to Ranau would come to light. Considered by many as one of the most devastating chapters of the Pacific War.Recounting the tragedy and loss - the story of these POWs reveals conditions of harsh forced labour, the daunting death marches through the Borneo jungle and examines the legacy of these events today for survivors and their families.
This film is a journey back, some 50 years on, of veterans from Australia, rediscovering SANDAKAN.